In Japan, you are what your blood type is
In Japan, "What's your type?" is much more than small talk; it can be a paramount question in everything from matchmaking to getting a job.
By type, the Japanese mean blood type, and no amount of scientific debunking can kill a widely held notion that blood tells all.
In the year just ended, four of Japan's top 10 best-sellers were about how blood type determines personality, according to Japan's largest book distributor, Tohan Co. The books' publisher, Bungeisha, says the series — one each for types B, O, A, and AB — has combined sales of well over 5 million copies.
Taku Kabeya, chief editor at Bungeisha, thinks the appeal comes from having one's self-image confirmed; readers discover the definition of their blood type and "It's like 'Yes, that's me!'"
As defined by the books, type As are sensitive perfectionists but overanxious; Type Bs are cheerful but eccentric and selfish; Os are curious, generous but stubborn; and ABs are arty but mysterious and unpredictable.
All that may sound like a horoscope, but the public doesn't seem to care.
Even Prime Minister Taro Aso seems to consider it important enough to reveal in his official profile on the Web. He's an A. His rival, opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa, is a B.
Nowadays blood type features in a Nintendo DS game and on "lucky bags" of women's accessories tailored to blood type and sold at Tokyo's Printemps department store. A TV network is set to broadcast a comedy about women seeking husbands according to blood type.
It doesn't stop there.
Matchmaking agencies provide blood-type compatibility tests, and some companies make decisions about assignments based on employees' blood types.
Children at some kindergartens are divided up by blood type, and the women's softball team that won gold at the Beijing Olympics used the theory to customize each player's training.
Not all see the craze as harmless fun, and the Japanese now have a term, "bura-hara," meaning blood-type harassment.
And, despite repeated warnings, many employers continue to ask blood types at job interviews, said Junichi Wadayama, an official at the Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry.
"It's so widespread that most people, even company officials, are not aware that asking blood types could lead to discrimination," Wadayama said.
Blood types, determined by the proteins in the blood, have nothing to do with personality, said Satoru Kikuchi, associate professor of psychology at Shinshu University.
"It's simply sham science," he said. "The idea encourages people to judge others by the blood types, without trying to understand them as human beings. It's like racism."
This use of blood-typing has unsavory roots.
The theory was imported from Nazi race ideologues and adopted by Japan's militarist government in the 1930s to breed better soldiers. The idea was scrapped years later and the craze faded.
It resurfaced in the 1970s, however, as Masahiko Nomi, an advocate with no medical background, gave the theory mass appeal. His son, To****aka, now promotes it through a private group, the Human Science ABO Center, saying it's not intended to rank or judge people but to smooth relationships and help make the best of one's talents.
The books tend to stop short of blood-type determinism, suggesting instead that while blood type creates personality tendencies, it's hardly definitive.
"Good job, you're done. So how do you feel about the results?" one blood type manual asks on its closing page. "Your type, after all, is what you decide you are."
Your Blood Type does not effect your personality.
However, the Nazi party WERE leaders on something known as "Eugenics" that is the attempts to do what is known with animals as "selective breeding"...and the Japanese did side with the Nazi party...despite none of them being at all aryan :blink:
This is funny because today while I was talking to my friend, he said an exchage student from Japan asked him what his blood type was.
Imagine what would have happened if those Scientists had stayed loyal to the Adolf Hitler. He would have gained Nuclear technology...and then noone would have stopped him. :ninja: They were pioneers in things like Eugenics and Munnitions...Ever heard of the Doodlebug Andreas?
See the Germans bombed England but didnt always do it using planes. They created a flying bomb, gave it enough fuel to clear the channel, and then...it would run out of steam and pummet...on occasion Doodlebugs were not always effective...when I was in London for UFC85 and the English were clearing a stretch of land in the Docklands ahead of the Olympic Village...they found one...an unexploded Doodlebug which had crashed into a river and failed to detonate...it sat there waiting to go off for about 80 years :laugh:
The froze the mechanism to get close to it...then did a controlled detonation...we watched it on TV in Boomers hotel room on the Greenwhich Peninsular...its why they had been late meeting me that morning, the trains on the Docklands Light Rail had been delayed due to the discovery of an ancient doodlebug....I remember when they were digging around Canary Wharf to build those big towers that have become the Finanical Capital of England...the found one aswell...
the worry is that they've built on land which may have covered an unexploded bomb...how many more relics lie uncovered under or close to buildings that may one day unexpectedly go :mad0233:
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